External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar calls Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih; Discusses the special partnership between the two countries

S Jaishankar said he was privileged to join Maldivian President Solih.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday visited Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Addu City and discussed the special partnership between the two countries.

Mr Jaishankar, who arrived here on Saturday, also conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal greetings and good wishes to President Solih.

“An honor to be received by President @ibusolih of the Maldives. Conveyed personal greetings and good wishes from PM @narendramodi. Discussed the special partnership between our two countries that has produced so many substantial results during his tenure “, he tweeted.

Mr Jaishankar said he was privileged to join President Solih at the inauguration of the National College of Police and Law Enforcement (NCPLE), which underscores India’s strong support to law enforcement.

“The NCPLE will help the Maldives Police Service train its officers and build its crime-fighting capabilities,” Jaishankar said in a joint appearance with Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid on Saturday.

“The inauguration of the Addu Roads Project similarly underlines our development partnership. Also signed an agreement for the rehabilitation of Addu and the protection of the shore. The handover of the coastal radar system strengthens the security of the Maldives,” he said in another tweet. “The opening of the Drug Detox and Rehabilitation Center reflects our P2P connection. The new ecotourism area is a statement of our shared environmental commitment. A good day for development cooperation #IndiaMaldives,” the minister tweeted. Mr. Jaishankar also laid a wreath at the Addu Atoll memorial.

“Pages of history, a visit to Gan. I paid my respects to the Indian soldiers commemorated at the Addu Atoll Memorial,” he tweeted. On Saturday, Mr Jaishankar said the “tested” India-Maldives relationship is a “stabilizing force” in the region and the two countries’ shared responsibility is to nurture and strengthen it .

Mr. Jaishankar had extensive discussions with his Maldivian counterpart on the bilateral partnership and the two leaders took stock of ongoing projects and initiatives in a very wide range of sectors. The two ministers also had an exchange on regional security and maritime security issues.

India and the Maldives have also agreed to mutually recognize COVID-19 vaccine certificates issued to each other, a move that will facilitate travel between the two countries and give a boost to the tourism sector.

The Maldives is one of India’s major maritime neighbors in the Indian Ocean region and bilateral defense and security relations have been on an upward trajectory in recent years.

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Shirlene J. Manley